T in the Park 2012: Diplo interview
The Major Lazer uber-producer reflects on Scottish crowds and his next album's star-studded line-up
Major Lazer’s Diplo talks to David Pollock about his love of performing in Scotland. Just don’t ask about the ex …
Diplo doesn’t like to talk about the divorce. When Major Lazer emerged in 2009, the project was fronted by a butch Jamaican superhero character of the same name. Behind the scenes, it was a collaboration between Diplo and Switch – possibly the hottest producers on the planet at the time, through their work with MIA. Yet now, three years on, Diplo is the only one left standing in the group thanks to those pesky ‘creative differences’. And when I get my email questions back, the one asking what went wrong remains unanswered.
As anyone who saw Major Lazer’s set at Glasgow’s ABC earlier this spring will testify, Switch’s departure has made little difference to the Major’s party-pleasing potential. Alongside a new production partner in Jillionaire, Diplo offered a show that boiled with booty-shaking dancers, toasting hypemen and big-assed, bass-heavy reggae dancehall action. ‘It’s especially exciting in the UK,’ he says, referring to the reaction his group receive. ‘That Glasgow show was on a Sunday at, like, 9pm, but the kids were up for it. The UK has such a unique understanding of dance music and reggae that it’s just the perfect atmosphere for us.’
He won’t reveal if anything special is planned for this summer’s festival shows, although he does reflect enthusiastically on his solo appearance at the Slam Tent last year. ‘It was amazing. I dunno what’s in the water in Scotland, but damn the girls are fit and the crowd goes insane.’
He’s also happy to tell us more about this autumn’s as yet untitled second album, namely that the guest line-up includes Amber Coffman, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Vampire Weekend, Wyclef, Snoop Dogg, Timberlee, Santigold, Flux Pavillion and many more.
‘This album will run the year (I hope),’ he enthuses, and with a team like that there’s no way we’re arguing.
Major Lazer play T in the Park, Sat 7 Jul.